Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur believes that the penalty incurred by Red Bull Racing for breaching the 2021 F1 cost cap was not severe enough. Although Red Bull won both titles and the Drivers’ Championship with Max Verstappen in 2021, they were still fined £6m and docked 10% of their allowed car development time for a minor overspend. Horner, the Red Bull team principal, originally said that this could cost them as much as half a second in lap time. However, Red Bull has continued to dominate this year, with the drivers, Verstappen and Sergio Perez, at times lapping one second quicker than their competitors. Despite these results, Vasseur feels that Red Bull’s penalty was “very low.” He stated that the 10% ban wasn’t a linear progression and, considering that teams generally improve a bit less than a second over the season in terms of aerodynamics, it’s probably even less. Moreover, teams are allowed to spend this money elsewhere, making the penalty even more marginal. The FIA is set to hold a hearing to address Ferrari’s appeal for driver Carlos Sainz’s penalty at the Australian Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s CEO expresses dissatisfaction over Red Bull’s mild punishment for violating the cost cap.
- 7 May 2023
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